By Billy Graham
Ladi Bala, an indigene of Adamawa State and a seasoned Journalist with Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) has gone through a though challenge on her way to clinch the coveted prize of the national president Nigerian Association of Women Journalists, (NAWOJ).
In a reverberating contest which pulls about one thousand delegates from across the nation, Ladi Bala, through her well coordinated campaign machinery and a strong home-based support from Adamawa State Council, defeated her closest rival from Borno state Aisha Ibrahim with a wide margin.
The Returning officer, Chief Boniface Okolo Ezeogo, while announcing the results during the NAWOJ 10th triennial delegates conference in Minna, Niger State declared Ladi winner and returned elected.
Ladi Bala polled a total of 439 votes to defeat her closest rival, Aisha Ibrahim who polled only 251 votes.
Lucy Danjuma Chindaba, a presidential Aspirant from Plateau state came a distant third with 85 votes, while Ruth Abubakar from Gombe state polled 48 votes.
Lilian Okonko from Rivers State emerged as Deputy National president
Tears of joy flows uncontrollably from her supporters as Ladi Bala fell down thanking Almighty God for her victory.
Other winners include; Helen Udofa as National Secretary while Fatimah Rasheed from Kwara state emerging as national treasurer.
Dorcas Philemon, a crowd puller from Taraba clinched Zonal Vice president, Northeast beating her counterpart from yobe State, Aisha Tijani.
Tanni Samuel Akas emerged Zonal secretary.
Vilian Murray from Adamawa State looses to Tanni as zonal secretary, Northeast due to concession to bring Ladi as president who hails from same state.
The 10th Triennial NAWOJ National Delegates Conference was attended by NUJ National president, Chief, Chris Isiguzo and top National officers.
It was a celebration galore by Adamawa contingents in Minna as other supporters of Ladi Bala joined in the celebration of an outstanding Endorsement of a tireless fighter in the person of Ladi Bala.
Mrs. Gloria Abutu, an agent of Vilian Murray at Kutigi conference Center, the venue of the event said, though it was easy because of the whole night she spent standing, glory to God because Ladi Bala has won the race.